HAIKOU, March 17 (Xinhua) -- England's Georgia Hall fired a six-under 67 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the SGF67 World Golf Ladies Championship with SBS.
Rising star Hall came out firing with five birdies on her opening nine, the Blackstone Course front nine, in her early morning round. The 20-year-old picked up two more strokes to get to seven-under through her first 15 holes, before a bogey five at her last, the ninth hole.
South Korean Kim Ye-jin and Kim Hae-rym were equal second after a 68, while their compatriot and defending champion Lee Jung-min withdrew prior to tee off citing a shoulder injury.
Yang Taoli and Zhang Yuyang were the top Chinese players at even-par 73 in the 620,000 U.S. dollars tournament, a tri-authorized event between the China LPGA Tour, the LPGA Tour of South Korea and the Ladies European Tour.
The Mission Hills Haikou Blackstone Course is a 6,362-yard, par-73 course in Hainan, China, designed by Schmidt Curley.